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11-14-2012, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Lord Flashheart View Post
While you're mentioning Dan Boyle, you should note that he got full-time spot in the NHL at the age of 24. Visnovsky also at 24, and if memory serves me right Rafalski at 25. Different times yes, but there's still plenty of time for young Sami, he may surpass them all yet.
Thisx1000. It's way too early to say that Vatanen couldn't play in NHL. He has just played 11 games in AHL in a team with problems in defence and goaltending. It's not like people are saying Etem is a bust even though he has been worse than Vatanen.

I like to compare Vatanen to Kimmo Timonen who is same sized offensive defender who has learnt over his career to play good defence as well. Vatanen is a smart player and with good coaching he could be Timonen 2.0. It's not going to happen over night but with time. And if he doesn't end up like Timonen, he could very well be the next Visnovsky or Karlsson who both pretty much are 4th forwards during 5on5. Put a good defensive minded dman with him and it should be alright.

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